August 17th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is selling its 40 percent stake in Middlebury Interactive Languages, a locally based developer of software and curricula used in language education in kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms. The college on Aug. 4 said it is negotiating the sale of its share of MIL to its partner in the venture, K12 Inc., a Herndon, Va., for-profit company that creates online educational products and curriculum.
STARKSBORO — “I love being a principal,” says new Robinson Elementary School Principal Edorah Frazer. “It’s kaleidoscopic. It changes every single day.”
Frazer took the helm at the Starksboro primary school July 1, and has been preparing for the start of classes next week. She took a breather last week to introduce herself to the community and discuss her background.
BRIDPORT — It all started at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, where Monkton resident and author Ivor Hughes was giving a PowerPoint-driven lecture about the Klondike Gold Rush in northwestern Canada, which reached its apex at the end of the 19th century.
At the lecture Hughes was approached by Bridport resident Gary Payne, a grandson of George G. Shaw, who in the mid-1890s ventured to the West Coast from Long Lake, N.Y., where he eventually heard of the gold rush.
Payne was excited to talk about the gold rush.
FERRISBURGH — Today, “eating local” is all the rage, from school cafeterias to four-star restaurants. But not that long eating local was theonlyway. It was a way of life and a matter of necessity.
Rokeby Museum announces publication of a new book: “Farming & Feasting with the Robinsons,” with text by Jesse Natha and drawings by Rowland Evans Robinson. This unusual pairing — the work of an artist who died more than 100 years ago illustrating the words of a contemporary writer — works together seamlessly.
MIDDLEBURY — Most Middlebury homeowners are seeing their property tax rates rise almost 4 percent this year.
Taxpayers in the shire town this past Friday owed their first installment of their fiscal year 2016 property taxes, which were based on a new residential rate of $2.8251 per $100 in property value.
The new residential property tax rate is 10.8 cents more than the previous rate of $2.7175, an increase of 3.96 percent.
BRISTOL — Bridge No. 6, which is located on Route 116 in Bristol a quarter mile south of Carlstrom Road and the new bridge over the New Haven River, re-opened to all traffic this past Thursday.
The bridge closed on July 20 while work crews replaced the span over a small creek that flowed under the road and into the nearby New Haven River; a detour routed traffic out to Route 7.
Route 116 over Bridge No. 6 reopened a day ahead of schedule.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Aug. 4 signed a contract to purchase a new firetruck for $397,100 in 2016.
According to town officials, the new pumper truck will replace what the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department calls its “primary attack engine.”
The department has already set aside $90,000 in its capital fund over the past three years, and Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager said the department will add another $30,000 in the next fiscal year for a total down payment of $120,000.
CHARLOTTE — Many of the top sailors and fastest boats on Lake Champlain will be taking part Aug. 22 in the 2015 Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina in Charlotte.
Again this year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh. Regatta entry will be free, with money raised through the sale of “swag bags” to sailors and racing fans, including donated items from local businesses.